Tuesday Practice Report

Physically, Antonio Cromartie is all right. The FSU corner also says that he's emotionally over last Friday's loss to Miami, putting aside disappointment both on an individual and collective basis. Playing extensively for the first time in his career, the sophomore cover man made the two biggest plays of the game for the Seminoles against UM and provided smothering one-on-one coverage as the defense chose to attack opposing quarterback Brock Berlin.

p>But his coming out party was cut short – a collision with UM receiver Sinorice Moss forced Cromartie to sit with a hip flexor for the final two Miami drives.

The Hurricanes scored on both.

"I was trying to get back at it but they wouldn't let me back in," said Cromartie, who has been cleared for Saturday's contest against Alabama-Birmingham. "It wasn't a good feeling."

The Seminoles' depth at corner was tested as starters Bryant McFadden and Leroy Smith had bouts with cramps. Forced into duty, sophomore Gerard Ross was beaten deep by Moss for a 63-yard gain in the fourth quarter.

"I'll be ready," Cromartie said. "Right now I'm trying to get back into the flow. I still have a little bit of a limp but I'll be okay."

The former Tallahassee Lincoln standout scored the only touchdown of the evening for FSU, scooping up a fumble in stride and returning it for a 61-yard touchdown. Cromartie also picked off a Berlin pass late in the fourth that gave the offense a chance to run the clock out.

"(Playing on national television) gave me the chance to give folks a little taste of what I'm able to do," he said. "I've been working hard since I got here."
Give the assist to Smith and McFadden, both seniors.

"There was a lot of stuff I was doing wrong when I got here and those guys helped me correct it," Cromartie said. "We've all been working hard together over the summer and during two-a-days and just trying to help each other out."


Middle linebacker Buster Davis earned praise after his season-opening performance and could start ahead of Sam McGrew against UAB. Davis recorded a career-high seven tackles (two for loss) against the Hurricanes and broke up a pass.

"Buster has the uncanny ability to make big plays," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "He's developing into a player."

Linebackers coach Kevin Steele didn't rule out the possibility that Davis would get the nod but also added the first play is "one play" and wasn't extremely significant; McGrew started against Miami but Davis played most of the snaps.


Though he won't start, guard Bobby Meeks says he's ready for more action Saturday. Meeks, who played four snaps against Miami, says his injured right ankle feels as good as it has since the injury

"I feel confident I can get out there," he said. "I'm feeling much better. It hurt a lot not being able to be out there helping out last game."

Meeks also addressed team unity.

"We just have to stick together now and stand up for one another. We have to try to stay close and not start all the fighting and bickering. And we haven't. I've been real proud of these guys."


Practice Update

No. 8 Florida State (0-1) continued to prepare for Saturday's game against UAB (1-0) with a 21-period practice in full pads Tuesday afternoon. The team completed the workout with four plays of goalline scrimmaging. The first defense kept the second offense out of the endzone on two attempts while the first offense scored on both tries. The two runs were toss sweeps as freshmen tailbacks Lamar Lewis and Jamaal Edwards scored behind key blocks from fullbacks B.J. Dean and James Coleman. Offensive guard Bobby Meeks and center David Castillo practiced during 11-on-11 and are expected to return to the starting lineup Saturday. There was one lineup change announced on defense as Buster Davis will get the start this week at middle linebacker.

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